Sierra 10.12 as VM

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Guest OS Discussion' started by bobbyt, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. bobbyt

    bobbyt Product Expert

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    Someone had to post it first (I don't see any others yet)...

    Anyone have any luck getting Sierra Dev preview running in a Parallels VM???
     
  2. aferguson

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    Not me. Each install seems to corrupt the Mac OSX 10.11.2 Filesystem. I can only repair it with DiskWarrior (Disk Utility 10.11 & 10.12 both fail to repair it).
     
  3. owenz

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    I didn't get the luck on installing with the app or the usb disk. However, I think it should work if you upgrade an existing OS X 10.11 client VM to macOS 10.12.
     
  4. Ranvel

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    I published a guide on how to get this set up here:
    http://ranvel.com/macos
    Let me know (through here) if you have any questions.
     
  5. PaulChris@Parallels

    PaulChris@Parallels Product Expert Parallels Support

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    Great @Ranvel Thank you for sharing the guide with us. We really appreciate your active participation and would like to see them in the future. Feel free to reach out to us anytime.
     
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  6. jebworks

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    In Step 1 you write: Get El Capitan running in a VM - this is a supported and easy procedure and so I won't go into this.
    My question: Is that using the Install Mac OS X 10.11.5 Recovery Partition feature in Parallels? Or is there another way? The reason I ask is that using the former and the Reinstall OS X option in the process tells me it will take 7 hours and 22 minutes and rising to finish this process on a high speed cable connection! That seems odd to me. A few seconds later it's up to 9 hours and 55 minutes...... Now 18 hours and 2 minutes.... It's now at over 28 hours What's going on here?

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  7. jebworks

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    Looks like nobody is watching this thread any more! I'm puzzled why Parallels doesn't make it easy to install the public beta versions of Mac OS now that Apple offers them to users. Being able to use the downloaded install app straight in the setup process would be great. The present process is to download a full version of Mac El Capitan - a process started yesterday afternoon and which will still take another 1 Day and 5 hours! Once that's done, I'm not even sure that file can be installed to then be upgraded. This is a very disappointing process to say the least, when VMs are the ideal way to test the beta versions.
     
  8. HonzaIl

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    I have quite positive experience... Not sure if this is reported elsewhere, so here is my procedure. Took about 20 minutes and you need about 16Gb for the VM and 12 Gb for the two installer files. Those you can remove afterwards.
    I have today updated to the new release 11.2.1 of Parallels and created on it new Sierra Pubic 2 VM with only one minor problem in installation. It was nearly as simple as it should be. I downloaded the 10.12 installer ("Install macOS Sierra Public Beta 2.app") and moved to to my desktop (this is likely not necessary). I created new VM in Parallels, used the "install from DVD or installer..." method. Parallels found the Sierra installer app on its own on the desktop. I modified some parameters of the new VM - (to 4Gb) memory and graphic memory (512Mb) in customize - and started the installation process. Parallels told me that it needs to create bootable image out of the installer app and in few minutes there was yet another large dmg file on my desktop and installing started. Everything progressed well enough until first reboot. At that time the new VM could not find any bootable drive... Hm.
    I checked the list of disks in Hardware and there were TWO - main Hard drive 1 for the VM and Hard drive 2 which was the mounted installer dmg file. But, when I looked on the boot order, this Hard drive 2 (= the bootable dmg installer) was not there listed at all, just CD, Hard drive 1 and something else. So while the Installer dmg was mounted as Hard drive 2, system was not told to boot from it. OK, I added this Hard drive 2 (=installer dmg) to the boot sequence and rebooted. Here I made a booboo - I added it as a first boot device, which caused me issues later. I believe that you should put it there as later option AFTER Hard drive 1 (does not matter which one, just after the Hard drive 1) and it should work just fine.
    Anyway, booted the VM and this time the VM booted correctly off the installer dmg and installation continued. All installed well. On next reboot I had to remove this Hard drive 2 from first boot place since that caused the installation to run in circles :) But if you put the Hard drive 2 as boot option after the Hard drive 1 as suggested above, this should no be problem. Installation finished without any events and all si working fine. I installed Parallels tools, shut down the VM and removed the Hard drive 2 (=Installer dmg) from the list of drives and I have fully functioning Sierra Public 2 and as far as I can say, it works as expected. I did not have much time to test, but Parallels work as expected here.
     
  9. Ajith@Parallels

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    Hello HonzaIl,

    Thank you for sharing a workaround to install macOS Sierra as a VM in Parallels Desktop.

    Thanks,
    Ajith M.
     
  10. jebworks

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    Well, I got it to work - somehow - too, after a similar experience which I would call anything but straightforward! My model for how this kind of install should work is how an upgrade of the regular MacOS is done. None of that fiddling with boot orders, Hard Disk 1 and 2 etc. Parallels should just recognize the macOS beta install app and take care of the rest. That is what I would call an easy install....!
    One problem I encounter is that unlike in my Windows 10 VM in Sierra the computer location is not recognized by the OS. Could be because in Network it shows connected via Ethernet although I'm on my WiFi Home Network.
     
  11. Guna@Parallels

    Guna@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Could you please try changing the network mode to shared network as outlined in this article and let us know if the compuer location is recognized.
     
  12. jebworks

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    Like the Windows 10 VM the one running macOS Sierra beta is set to Source: Shared Network in the Network 1 settings.
    In my version of Parallels 11.2.1 (32626) > Preferences > Advanced I do not have a Shared or Host-Only choice as shown in the article screenshot. Mine looks as per the attached screenshot. I've also attached a screenshot of my main Mac OS Network settings
     

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  13. GreyWullf

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    I managed to into install macOS Sierra on Parallels Desktop for MAC 12. I started by selecting File-->New-->Install OSX 10.11 Using the Recovery Partition. WHen prompted I entered my Apple ID for the App store. This installed MACOSX 10.11 (El Capitan) in the new VM. Once completed, I downloaded the macOS Sierra Beta downloader from the App Store. I launched the App and installed macOS Sierra. Worked very well, shortly after installing I was prompted to update the system. I am now running macOS Sierra as a VM in Parallels.
     
  14. Ajith@Parallels

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    Hi GreyWullf,
    Glad to hear that you are able to install macOS Sierra as VM after upgrading to Parallels Desktop 12. Thank you for sharing the steps here on the forum which will help others.
     
  15. jebworks

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    I've been running macOS Sierra beta for a few weeks now in Parallels 11 using the same steps described. The only problem I have not been able to solve, and I don't know if it's a Parallels or a mac issue. Unlike my Windows 10 VM macOS Sierra doesn't connect to the network via WiFi. The connection shows Ethernet and there is no WiFi enabling option available. This makes Siri as well as the Maps app unusable as my location can't be found.
     
  16. rlhamil

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    I have a copy of Sierra installed on a USB stick (that can be booted by the hardware); do y'all think I could create a new VM "without source" and have it copy that in? For some reason, despite being a USB 3.0 capable stick and port, it's very slow, and a VM would certainly be more convenient, not needing to run just one or the other.

    My preference for that over the known approach is that I wouldn't have to clean out so much space on the laptop to make room for it (even if the difference would mostly be used only temporarily).
     
  17. rlhamil

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    Well never mind that, I did it the hard way (install 10.11 guest first, then use that to install 10.12 on another image, then switch the boot order).

    Parallels Tools does not seem to work - the mouse was unusable (or being ignored) with them installed. Fortunately, I'd already enabled sshd, so I could ssh into it, add -x -v to boot-args (safe mode boot), come up that way, and uninstall them again. The display resolution in the guest is ONLY 1024x768 (or thereabouts), and I can't seem to change it; while I'm set to 1920x1200 on the host (and the actual Retina display is higher than that, 2560x1600 or so). Microphone doesn't seem to pass through - so much for trying out Siri. And of course, forget about Location Services, since all the guest sees is a virtual Ethernet, not the actual WiFi.

    Other than that, I had some issues that might have been side-effects from changing the automatically-assigned UID and GID of my account (and all files under the old UID/GID) to my usual ones. So I'm not sure they apply. But it was an adventure, and only partly satisfying. :)
     
  18. AHunter3

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    Hello! Partial success!

    I duplicated my El Capitan VM and headed off to App Store to download and install Sierra (10.12) now that it's officially available.

    * download apparently attempts to boot itself from some kind of temporary diskimage or secret partition in order to do the rest of the install, something that Parallels 12 doesn't directly support. I stopped the VM and on reboot was still in 10.11 with a file, "install macOS Sierra.app", sitting in Applications.

    * tried twice to install from that file. long slow progress bar and failure at the end.

    * So I added this virtual hard drive as Hard Drive 2 to a different VM (10.9.5 "Mavericks") and booted from Mavericks with the intended Sierra HD as an aux hard drive. Ran "Install macOS Sierra.app" from that environment. I clicked the "show all disks" when it was defaulting to installing Sierra onto the Mavericks HD and instead aimed it at the intended Sierra HD.

    * Again, long progress bar ending in failure (repeated attempts). Noticed that it had left an installer folder, "macOS Install Data", at the root. Within this folder was a large ".dmg" diskimage, "InstallESD.dmg". Mounted the diskimage. Within THAT were several ".pkg" Installers.

    * I opted to install the largest of these, the 4+ GB Essential Files.pkg while booted from 10.11 (the original native OS on the intended Sierra OS drive). It ran for awhile, periodically "validating packages" then installing stuff then "moving components to the proper place" until it finally hung with 6 alleged minutes to go, stuck on "validating package" (don't know which one).

    * I rebooted and it booted into Sierra OS. Or I think it is Sierra OS. The desktop picture is definitely the Sierra OS image. The reason I am less than certain is that I have neither a functioning keyboard nor a functioning mouse :(
     
  19. AHunter3

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    Realizing that it was silly to mount the dmg file that is on the target (intended Sierra OS) drive, I copied the dmg file to the other VM's desktop FIRST and then reinstalled Essentials onto the Sierra drive. This time it completed. Rebooted the Sierra VM. Same issue: no mouse, no keyboard.

    I gather that it has to do with the inadequacy of Parallel Tools of Parallels 12 current edition. I'm inclined to think that when Parallels issues an update to Parallels 12 and gives us Sierra-compatible Tools, I can launch this Sierra VM I've created, run "Reinstall Parallels Tools", and expect a working environment. In the mean time, I don't seen any easy way for me to reach in and remove them from this environment.
     
  20. AlainR1

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    mac os sierra parallel access 12 windows 7 random reboot. Since I upgrade to parallel 12 and MacOS Sierra, I get a constant reboot 5-6 times a day. really annoying. does anyone have a solution. it only occurs when I have parallel on. Thanks
     

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